ASCA News Digest (February 12, 2019)

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February 12, 2019


ASCA Highlights

Register for the ASCA 2019 Conference & Expo, May 15–18 in Nashville, TN, by February 28 to take advantage of early bird savings. ASCA 2019 offers 50+ ASC-specific sessions designed for ASC professionals at all levels, unparalleled networking opportunities, hundreds of product demos in the largest ASC-specific exhibit hall of the year and more.

Need help convincing your supervisor to send you to ASCA 2019? Check out ASCA’s supervisor approval letter template, which you can customize to your own specific situation.
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LendingUSA   An Innovative Patient Financing Solution for ASCsToday’s ASCs have more options than ever to help patients pay for services — but they're only useful if patients take advantage of them. Offering patient-friendly financing can boost patient satisfaction and support your ASC. By adding LendingUSA as a financing option, ASCs are empowered to provide their patients with low monthly payments for out-of-pocket surgery costs.To learn more about LendingUSA Patient Financing, click here!

Purchase your copy of Finance & Accounting for ASCs, 4th Edition, now on sale in ASCA’s online store. This essential resource covers the fundamental concepts that every ASC manager needs to know and is illustrated with real-world examples from ASCs like yours.

All material in this latest edition has been reviewed and updated. Additionally, a new chapter on strategic planning will help your ASC build for tomorrow based on your facility’s strengths and weaknesses today.
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Renew your ASCA membership for 2019 before it expires at midnight on March 1. ASCA membership provides your entire staff with access to vital educational resources, great networking opportunities, essential industry news and practical tools to use daily in your facility. Members can renew via the online portal on ASCA’s website or by returning the renewal notice received in the mail.

Not yet an ASCA member? Join today.
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ASCA’s 2020 Winter Seminar will be held January 16–18, 2020, in New Orleans. If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, please let us know. ASCA is accepting submissions through February 28. Submit your suggestion now.
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According to the executive vice president of a Tennessee facility, pain management is ripe for significant growth in ASCs. “As newer pain procedures become more recognized in the marketplace as viable treatments and receive payer approval, ASC volume will increase.” Read this ASC Focus article for more insight into clinical innovations and business trends in ASC pain management.
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On February 4, ASCA representatives met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) staff responsible for the payment policies in ASCs. ASCA representatives thanked CMS staff for making this change, but spent most of the time discussing other payment policy changes that need to occur to stop the divergence in payments between ASCs and HOPDs.

CMS staff also solicited feedback from ASCA on any codes that should be added to the ASC-payable list for 2020. In response, ASCA is conducting a brief survey of our members. Read more.
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Industry News

How to Find Out How Much Your Surgery Really Costs — Before You Go Under the Knife
MarketWatch (02/11/19) Paul, Kari

Republican and Democratic senators and President Donald Trump have found one issue they can unite behind: putting a stop to the unexpected medical bills overwhelming many Americans. Senators from both parties sent letters this month to a number of insurance providers asking for more information on billing and payment procedures to stop "costly surprise bills" — exorbitant fees charged after a procedure due to discrepancies in insurance coverage and other issues.
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The Joint Commission Debuts Speak Up to Prevent Infection
Joint Commission Press Release (02/05/19)

The Joint Commission today debuted its new Speak Up To Prevent Infection campaign—featuring free, downloadable educational materials in English and Spanish for the public and for health care providers to support patient involvement in their care. The campaign's ready-made, easy-to-read resources include: an infographic poster/flyer in three sizes, all available in English and Spanish, for patients and their families; an animated video, available in English and Spanish, to incorporate in hospital programming; and a distribution guide with recommendations on how health care organizations can use and provide the materials for patients and their families, caregivers and advocates.
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State Finds Compromise on Surgery Centers
VT Digger (02/10/19) Faher, Mike

After a legislative battle ended in a stalemate last year, state officials appear to have found a compromise for regulating a relatively new type of surgical center. A Senate bill, S.73, and a new report from a study group propose that Vermont should license and regulate independent ambulatory surgical centers for the first time.
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Physician Burnout: 10 Work Factors That Hinder Your Well-Being
American Medical Association (02/11/19) Henry, Tanya Albert

Are you working too many hours, or taking work home with you? Answering yes to these questions—or several others related to your work environment or demographic profile—increases the odds that you are a burned out physician, or have a greater chance of bearing that title.
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Sedentary Lifestyle Could Increase Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Young Women
NBC News (02/05/19) Charles, Shamard

For the first time, a scientific study has identified sedentary behavior as a potential risk factor to explain the sharp rise in colorectal cancer among those under 50. The study, which looked at TV viewing as well as other sedentary behavior in nearly 90,000 American women, found that more than one hour of daily TV viewing was associated with a 12 percent increase in risk of colorectal cancer.
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ASCA Survey   Complete A Survey & Earn $50!

Spend 10 minutes sharing your insights on the state of the ASC industry in 2019 and ensure your responses are included in the ASCA / HealthCare Appraisers 2019 ASC Valuation Survey. The completed Survey will contain insights into valuation multiples and other transaction trends occurring in the ASC industry, as well as provide data metrics on management fees and other operating statistics related to ASCs.

In return, you will be entered to win a complimentary registration to ASCA 2019 in Nashville, TN, May 15-18, 2019, and will also receive a complimentary copy of the final survey results in April 2019. Additionally, HealthCare Appraisers will provide a $50 Amazon gift card as a small token of their appreciation for participating in the survey.

Click here to start. Complete your survey before 2/15/19 to be included in the drawing and have your responses tabulated in the survey results.

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